J.J. Watt has become the Sultan of Swat in Houston, batting down five passes already this season.
But he has a different goal Sunday against the Broncos.
“I want to have No. 18 on my sack list,” Watt told Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “That’s my goal.”
Watt has three sacks this season, and getting Peyton Manning is important to him. He thought he’d see him twice a year when he was drafted, but when Manning missed last season and was released by the Colts, the opportunity at two chances a year went away.
“I’ve always said you want the best,” Watt said. “You don’t earn your stripes playing against inferior competition you want to play against the best every single time and that’s a chance to prove yourself.”
Even if his arm’s not Old Peyton, he’s still smart enough to make things difficult on opponents, by getting the ball out quickly.
“You’re not going to sack him every play so you need to get your hands up in the passing lanes, hopefully frustrate him,” Watt said. “But he is a veteran quarterback, he’s seen that before, he knows people are going to try and bat his passes down. That’s another challenge. I’m excited about it. But I want to sack him, too.”
Watt has been one of the most impressive players in the league as the Texans move through the I-AA portion of their schedule, but getting to Manning in any fashion and beating the Broncos will lend some legitimacy to what they’re doing.